Saturday, 21 August 2010

Fuel for the Fires of Suffering

In the language of the Buddha, the word for fuel and for clinging is the same: upadana. The Buddha understood that suffering arises from and is fueled by clinging. When the fuel is removed, suffering is extinguished. By understanding how deep-rooted and subtle clinging is in our own unliberated minds, we come to appreciate the mind of nibbana (coplete liberation) as refreshingly cool and peaceful.

- Gil Fronsdal, "Three Takes on Nirvana"


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